Living: The Blooming Bronx

Something for everyone in a refurbished glass garden

Over the burned-out tenements and crowded streets of The Bronx in New York City rises a stately crystal dome filled with subtropical orchids and a grove of graceful palms. A waterfall tumbles from fern-covered volcanic rocks, and the warm, aromatic scent of lemons and oranges fills the air. Last week one of the chilliest, dreariest; mushiest winters in years was refusing to let go. But New Yorkers could celebrate eternal spring sous verre. The New York Botanical Garden Conservatory had just opened after two years of costly restoration.

Inspired by the famed Palm House of...

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